The challenge for each successful Antonov charter starts with perfect coordination from the beginning and having a competent partner for Free on Board (FOB) coordination.Our customer reported an emergency and the informed consignee arranged an AN-124 charter to uplift two CO2 compressors at the Leipzig/Halle airport (LEJ) in early December.The units had weights of 43 respectively 45 tons. AGL coordinated along with charterer and customers on both side to rebuild the compressors so as to fit it into the second largest aircraft, while still being within the parameters of road permits. Due to shortage of aircraft by a sudden emergency shutdown of one AN-124 airline, things had to be reorganized last minute, but were still conducted in time.
Both compressors were built at different production sites, one in Berlin and the other in Oberhausen, along with some spare parts. Coordination of four trucks arriving from two locations at LEJ within the deadline and arranging mobile crane at airport ready for live unloading from trucks onto ramp of the waiting AN-124 was the challenge that AGL skillfully mastered. Even when the temperatures dropped to 0°C, the job was performed smoothly so that the AN-124 could depart for its journey to India as scheduled and without any delays. A perfect teamwork performed by all parties involved to fulfill the requests our customers.